UA-114812973-16 Well Rounded: April 2015

Introducing to you......

If you follow me on Instagram you know that my Mom and mine dog, Sunshine, passed away about 2 months ago from Cancer. She was a great dog and it was so hard for me. But my mom and I convinced my Dad that we could get another big dog to help protect the house (we live in the country). So with that short explanation I get the please of introducing to you the next chapter in our life of big dogs....Zoey Burton. Eat your heart out.

We are basically best buds. She is the cutest thing ever and so much fun. I can't wait for her to get bigger!

And in other news I went to this "semi-formal" dance on Saturday night with a bunch of friends. We got all dressed up and danced and busted a move or two.

And in the meantime work is crazy. People dropping out of events last minute, other people getting mad at me for their own incompetence. But it is okay because I'm blowing the goals out of the water!

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Finding Joy in the Journey - Coming Up Roses

Everyone meet Erica!! I'm really excited to introduce Erica from Coming Up Roses as a part of my Finding Joy in the Journey series. I've never met her in person but I'm convinced if I did we'd be best friends. Full of motivation and a positive attitude. You'll love what she has to say about finding joy!

Sierra is a total ray of sunshine, isn’t she? I absolutely love her blog, because it’s such a hub for positivity and light. She’s my constant reminder to count my blessings and have a grateful heart throughout the everyday mundanities and routines in life. So when she asked me to stop by and chat about finding joy in the journey – I couldn’t say no.

So first, I’m going to backtrack myself and talk about the words “mundanities” and “routines.” Cutting right to the chase, we all have them. We have those things that just have to happen on an everyday basis, and they have that tendency to make us sigh, counting down the hours minutes to wine time.
But I don’t like that.
I like to think that it’s possible to fill each day with moments of joy, no matter how small, to brighten up otherwise lackluster Mondays and Tuesdays. When I’m not blogging it out or vlogging it up for Coming Up Roses – or being a Wharton student or bride-to-be – I’m probably doing any of these ____ things to make the most out of life, relax, and get happy.
1.     Literally breathe. Preferably fresh air, even more preferably near something beautiful. Flowers or nice trees will suffice.
2.     Stop everything and make yourself a cup of your favorite hot tea or coffee. For me, there is absolutely nothing a little Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Peach can’t cure distract me from, if for a moment.
3.     Always have a fresh manicure. When you have to gracefully respond to a ridiculous email or phone call, you’ll thank me.
4.     Always have a goal you’re working towards. You’ll likely never be “bored” again!
5.     Speaking of “bored,” eliminate it from your vocabulary. In moments of nothing-to-do-ness, have a go-to relaxation tactic, a go-to friend to reach out to, and a go-to project that you can rotate between until your life feels more balanced again.
6.     Tweeze your eyebrows. Am I the only one who judges the togetherness of my own life by the status of my brows? Crazy and wild means I’m probably having a tough time and feeling overwhelmed. Freshly plucked means I’m either on top of the world, or I bombed an exam and needed a major pick-me-up.
7.     Create a folder on your computer for when you need faith in yourself. Mine is aptly titled, “For when you need faith in yourself.” There, I screenshot any messages, emails or pictures that are targeted to me and provide a little confidence booster. No matter how small, you’ll be so happy to have it when it’s your against the world.
8.     When all else fails, get a cat.

I’m going to stop while I’m ahead, since getting a cat is obviously an A+ life decision. In the end (and by end I mean everyday life), get back to the things that mean the most to you. Worry less, laugh more, spread kindness wherever you go and always work to leave the world a little brighter. You never know the length of your journey – so just make every step count.

Special thanks again to Sierra for letting me stop by! I’d love for you to share your journeys and tips for everyday joy with me over on my blog…say hi here, here, here and here, and beyond.

#thankfultuesday - Stop and Thank

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. - John F. Kennedy

I'm not so great at this. You'd think with my stock pile of thank you notes I would be, but I'm not. And I want to be better. Just as with everything else in our lives the more we thank those who make a difference in our lives the more they will mean to us, the more it will strengthen our relationship with them. Not to mention how much the person you are thanking will appreciate it. 

I'm grateful....

1. That I have tan lines!!! Guy's this is no joke, it has been so sunny and warm this weekend that I got tan!!

2. That it was basically 70 all weekend!

3. That I've finally have some good things to work towards.

4. For the fact that I haven't worn anything but sandals since Saturday. 

5. That I had the time to sit and write in my journal Sunday night.

6. That I get to teach the most amazing group of youth every single Sunday. They are so fantastic, and they have such a strong desire to learn.

7. That I finally did a good shaving job this morning...seriously guys I'm always in a hurry and miss a spot HA!

8. That I'm finally getting better at keeping my mouth shut. Slowly, very slowly. But I always seem to share my opinion where it isn't needed and I'm getting better and staying quiet. 

9. For my mind. When I get it going it really is quiet powerful how hard I can push myself.

10. For the dream I had this morning about how I woke up early to do yoga. That is one step closer to actually waking up early to do yoga right?

What are you grateful for this week?

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Finding Joy in the Journey - Kenna Hope

Our first wise women is Kenna. She blogs over at Kenna Hope. If you haven't stopped by you seriously need to. Everything she writes is inspiring and makes you feel so much better. Don't take my word for it, just do it! Anyway enough from me...Kenna.

In a talk given April of 1996 by President Gordon B. Hinckley, he said eight words that brought familiarity and hope to church members across the world.

"Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured."

President Hinckley never said it would be easy. He never said it would come naturally, or comfortably, or quickly. He simply stated that enjoying life is the ultimate goal. Prior to saying those eight words, he said, "in all of living have much of fun and laughter." Is that the only key to always enjoying and not just enduring?

I pulled out my dictionary and found the synonyms of enjoy, which are these: like, love, be fond of, be entertained by, take pleasure in, be keen on, delight in, appreciate, relish, revel in, adore, lap up, savor, luxuriate in, bask in...

Sounds pleasant, right? Sounds easy enough, too... until life comes and throws you for a loop, which - mark my words - it always, always does. But guess what? That quote still remains the same and unchanged.

"Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured."

Not simply when times are easy. Not only when our journeys are smooth. At all times. Always. In all places. At all times. In all things. No matter the circumstance. Life is meant to be enjoyed. 

I personally believe, that when President Hinckley said those words, he wasn't simply stating how people should act. I think it was a direct call to each of us. In fact, I think as children of God, and beneficiaries of the Atonement, we each have a responsibility and duty to enjoy the life that our Savior made sure we were given. We know that we will all be judged based on our reactions to adversity and difficulty, right? We know that we will be judged by how we deal with our current circumstances. We know that we are responsible for listening to the brethren and the men called of God to lead this church. So yes... I believe at the end of this mortal life, God could very well ask us, "did you do everything you could do to enjoy your life, be happy, and make others happy around you?" God loves His beloved Son Jesus Christ, infinitely and perfectly. Our Heavenly Father watched His perfect Son atone for each of us... all of us... so we could be given a chance in mortality. 

What I'm trying to say is... whether we are required to be happy or whether we aren't, I am so beyond humbled and grateful to live this precious life, and I will do everything in my power to show my Heavenly Father and Savior just how grateful I am. If that means I have to "enjoy" life, then by all means I'm going to do whatever I can so that will happen. In return, I show my Heavenly Father I respect Him and all that He has given me. In return, I show my Savior Jesus Christ, His Atonement and crucifixion was not in vain. In return, I will make life a much happier place for myself and for those around me. 

I'm so grateful for this gospel. I know that it is true. I know that the words spoken by the brethren are inspired. And I know that Joseph Smith was equally correct and equally inspired when he said "Happiness is the object and design of our existence." I am so grateful for this church and I'm so grateful for the happiness and peace and enjoyment it brings into my life. For that, I will always be indebted to my Heavenly Father and Savior. 

The Lord does not expect us to be less grateful in times of trial. - President Uchtdorf

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Zoom Zoom Zoom

Cars speeding down a street in London
Before I go all deep on you...Did any of you think of Zenon (The Girl of the 21st Century) when you read that title? Because that is all I could think of when I was writing it out, in fact now I'm singing it in my head. And little did I know that Zenon was going to relate to my post #believeit.

I'm 25. I turn 26 in September. I swear I turned 25 yesterday. (Do you remember this?) Not technically old but I'm in that phase of life where I feel really old. Life is going by so dang fast. I can't handle it. Just when I think I've finally got a handle on things I look up and a month has gone by. 

I feel like it was yesterday that I was just a kid loving on Disney Channel and Zenon (told you I would tie her in). Oh and don't forget Even Stevens. Best. Disney. Show. Ever. My biggest worries were if I was going to score a goal in my soccer game and get ice cream. Or if I was going to get to go on a cool vacation for Spring Break.

 And now I'm an adult. I have an adult job. I own my second car. I pay adult bills. I'm making adult decisions on the daily. I hate it. Well okay hate is a strong word, I don't hate it, but it sure does scare me. I feel like I'm going to wake up tomorrow and I'm going to be 40 and wonder what has happened in my life. 

Last night my dad expressed concern that I wasn't happy. That I have the whole world ahead of me and I'm not happy. I realized he was right...well not exactly. I am happy, and I swear I'm not just saying it to appease him. I am. I've just been complaining a lot lately and I can see how it would appear to him that I'm not. 

But today I've realized the real problem. 

Life is going so fast and I can't handle it. Everyone says you have your whole life ahead of you. But I don't want to live that life just yet. I want to enjoy life right now. I want to enjoy today. I want to just soak up the sun while I read my book during my lunch breaks and not be worried about anything else. 

My current goal: Live in the moment. Live for today because whether I want it to or not tomorrow will come. 

How do you live in the moment? How do you slow down life?

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Finding Joy in the Journey - The Mini-Series

Finding Joy in the Journey - Picture of a road

Life is wonderful. It is good, full of laughter, adventure, memories, friends, and family. But life is also really hard. 

I originally started this blog because I wanted to share my life experiences in the hope that maybe it would help someone. But overtime it has molded into me learning to find joy in the journey. Not an easy lesson, but an important one. I don't want to look back on life and realized I missed out because I was too busy focusing on how hard life is. President Thomas S. Monson is an expert on this topic. He says, 

"This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now." (Read more here.)

So how do we do this? Let me tell you. Just kidding. I don't know. I'm on a life journey to find out. As Professor Harold Hill says in the Music Man, "You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays." I don't know about you but I sure do not want to pile up my tomorrows. I want to enjoy my life now. But again, how?! Wise President Monson goes on to say, 

"Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows." 

I love that word "relish". I think that is exactly what we need to do. Live in the present, relish what we do have instead of what we don't have, and "share our love with friends and family". I know I can't give you the exact recipe but the few things that help me is building my relationship with Jesus Christ, staying present, serving others, just being myself, and always always always be grateful! 

I've been through many rough patches in life, we all have. A lesson that took me a bit to learn, but that has made all the difference is my relationship with my Savior. Whenever I put him first it makes all the difference. And this also ties directly into staying present and serving others. 

"When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God". So not only do you get the joy from helping others, you also get the joy of serving your God. Double whammy!! And when you are forgetting yoruself and serving others it really helps you stay present. It helps you to not worry about the future and just trust Him. Isn't it so cool how these all tie together?!

Now a bit on being myself. My mom raised me with this motto, "You never have to grow up, you just have to learn how to behave in public." These words have changed my life. Taken me a few years to get the hang of but I can tell you now it is so freeing to just be a spontaneous kid sometimes. To not stress about what that person on the other side of the street that you don't even know, nor will you ever see again, thinks about you. If you want to frolic across that bridge, you do it. If you want to color in a coloring book, go for it!  

Now these are just a few tips of life practices that have helped me and because I'm not the expert, just a simple girl trying to figure it all out, I'm excited to share with you this new "mini-series" called "Finding Joy in the Journey". I have invited a few women who I admire to share with us how they have found joy through life and how they have learned to enjoy, not just endure. I hope you'll follow along because these women are amazing and they have some wise thoughts to share with us.

And final words from President Monson, 

"My sincere prayer is that we may adapt to the changes in our lives, that we may realize what is most important, that we may express our gratitude always and thus find joy in the journey"

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I've been a little MIA haven't I? Life just gets carried away and all I seem to share is inspirational posts. You probably think I'm like this walking inspirerer (Is that a word? Oh well.). But I'm not. I do go and have fun sometimes too. Here is what has been happening the past month or so. Sorry if you follow me on Instagram and some of these pics are repeats. #sorrynotsorry

Picture of passport pictures and Costco card

I got my first Costco card and pictures for a Passport. I'm feeling all grown up and all I can hear in my head is "I'm a big kid now". I'm going to Canada in June for the Women's World Cup and then hopefully some internationally adventures this fall!

Utah vs. Georgetown - March Madness 
went to March Madness for the first time. Definitely a bucket list item so that was awesome. Two games, four hours, lots of basketball!

And my 14th niece was born! Penelope Melinda Turner. Guy's she is the cutest little thing ever. Now I have five nieces and nine nephews and one niece/nephew coming this fall. Big families rock!

Speaking of nieces and nephews. This is my oldest nephew Colin. He turns 12 in November and I'm freaking out just a little bit. Do you see how tall he is?! He rocked his orchestra concert!

Mariners vs. Angels
Now get ready for Mariner game picture overload. I convinced a few friends to accompany me to the 2nd game of the season. We may have lost but man it was a good time. It feels so good to be back and I'm ready for a spring, summer and hopefully fall full of Mariners Baseball!

Safeco Field

Mariners vs. Angels
 Is that not just beautiful?! One of my favorite views!
We got huge Brat's. They were delicious. End of story. Mariners vs. Angels

Mariners vs. Angels

We attempted to rally, but alas we did not succeed. This is Katie. She is really cool, but is leaving to head back to college in a few weeks. Lame!

Now back to life.......stay awesome!

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#thankfultuesday - Appreciate Life Now

Life is not meant to only be appreciated in retrospect.

I remember one time I was reminiscing on my life and I was thinking of a really hard time I went through. I realized that I was grateful for that hard time. I was kind of shocked. Who is grateful for hard times?! Initially I thought I was a little on the crazy side, but what I realized changed me. I realized I was grateful because of how it had changed me. I promised myself I'd start being grateful for the hard times in the moment so I didn't have to wait to look back and be grateful. 

This week I'm grateful for....

1. The beautiful sunshine we had all weekend when the forecast said rain. 

2. For the eight hours I got to spend listening to General Conference.

3. For my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

4. That I got to see one of my favorite people in the whole world this weekend for the first time in 18 months.

5. For my strong personality, well most of the time.

6. That I get to go to a Mariners game today! It may not have been Opening Day but it is the 2nd game of the season. 

7. That my Grandma is coming to visit for a couple of weeks.

8. The knowledge that all though my life seems a bit messy these days that it will all work out.

9. For texts from old friends who haven't forgotten you.

10. For my parents. I know I always say something about them but they do so much for me. 

What are you grateful for this week?

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April 2015 General Conference Quotes

General Conference was this weekend and it was Seriously it was so uplifting and powerful. For those of you who don't know what General Conference is, it is a two day Conference that happens every April and October in the LDS Church. For two days we get to hear the Leaders of our Church speak to us. They teach us what God wants us to hear and help us grow and become better. If you want to read more head here. I promise you that you will not regret it. 

Here are some of my favorite quotes:




Via Millennial Mormons 

Which one is your favorite?

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Gramr - A Truly Exceptional Thank You Note

As you all know gratitude is huge for me. Something else I love is snail mail and thank you notes. Ask my family, I have a box full of cute cards that I keep well stocked so if I ever am in need of a card. I like to send cards pretty regularly. 

Now, I don't do it just because it is a cute thing to do. I do it because I know when someone takes the time to write in a letter how grateful they are for me or something I've done and then taken the time to mail it to me instead of just shooting me a quick text or email, it means so much to me! It can turn the worst day in to the best day. And I've found when I'm more actively sending out thank you/thinking of you cards I feel much better also, and I see that I value that friendship even more.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said in this talk about gratitude,  

"The Lord has given us His promise that those “who [receive] all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto [them], even an hundred fold, yea, more.” May we “live in thanksgiving daily”—especially during the seemingly unexplainable endings that are part of mortality."
What a great promise! And what a better reason to express gratitude to those that we love. 
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Writing a thank you note

If you're looking for a great place to buy some thank you cards check out Gramr. They are going old school by providing you with wax and a stamp to give your thank-you card some extra love! 

Not only are their cards really fun and clever but their whole purpose is to help spread the gratitude love. They want to help you send out weekly thank-you notes to not only improve your friendships and relationships, but also to improve your happiness. 

And to make you even more excited...use the code "goodlife" to get 20% off their great products. Check them out today!
And don't forget to get download this free gratitude print

**I was compensated for this post but all opinions are 100% mine. 

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